These Are The Most Bizarre Deaths In Music History

Death and the music industry are two things that seemingly go hand in hand. Whether it’s a lifestyle of partying that finally catches up to them, or they take their own life, people in the music industry can seem more likely to die young than the general population. This leads fans to occasionally anticipate artists’ deaths even before they happen. But what about the freak accidents that took some of our favorite musicians away from us without any warning? From getting killed by a bay of hay to being electrocuted onstage, these are some of the most unusual deaths in music history.

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Keith Relf

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Keif Relf was the lead singer and harmonica player for the British rock and roll group theYardbirds, the same band that launched the musical careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. After the original Yardbirds split up, Relf went on to start the group Renaissance with his sister Jane. He also had a brief solo career up until the accident that took his life. On May 14, 1976, Relf was playing an improperly grounded electric guitar in his basement recording studio when he stood on a gas pipe. This ended up sending an electrical current through him and killing him. Because his family was so private about his death, rumors circulated that he had been playing the guitar in the bathroom.